Public Health

Stop the Stigma: Why This World Aids Day Must Be About Communities as Well as Clinics

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

What do we mean by stigma? What does this word signify? It's one we hear a lot in all sorts of contexts, but what particular impact does it have upon those living with HIV? Why is it such a deterrent when it comes to taking a test?

Why Public Health Spending Cuts Are Bad News for People With Arthritis

Liam O’Toole | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Liam O’Toole

The Chancellor has taken his knife to the public health budget for local councils. Going to work, walking to the shops, standing in a queue. For a p...

Political Wrangling Over Car Emissions Shows One Thing, the UK Cannot Go It Alone When Tackling Air Pollution

Seb Dance | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

At the end of October, Labour MEPs backed and won a range of measures that will go a long way to cleaning up the UK's air. But while MEPs were votin...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

The Mental Health Challenge: Why Local Challenges Can Make a World of Difference in All Our Lives

Andy Bell | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Andy Bell

It is now well known that mental health problems affect a quarter of us every year in the UK. In the course of a lifetime, mental ill health will touch everyone in some way, either personally or in the life of a family member, friend or work colleague. Mental ill health can also affect every aspect of a person's life - relationships, work, education and much more.

The NHS: It's Time We Started Paying For Health Care

Holly Alsop | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Holly Alsop

We need to make the system accessible for everyone that uses it and I believe this is where privatisation would help. If we are financially able then we should be taking responsibility for paying for our healthcare - ultimately this would reduce the burden, provide funding for better quality care and still support a system whereby people who are on benefits receive free or discounted healthcare.

Let's Release Public Services From the 'Computer Says No' Culture

Andrew Laird | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Andrew Laird

There's a widespread discussion going on about how robots, machines and computers are replacing humans in the workplace. I watched the recent Panorama...

If You're Happy and You Know It - Clap Your Hands!

Antony Morgan | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Parents
Antony Morgan

We can't all be happy all of the time - but the more we provide children as they are growing up with opportunities to accumulate the skills and competences that help them deal with problems as they arise - the more likely they are to maintain a sense of wellbeing (or happiness) most of the time.

The Case for Public Health: Attaining a Healthy Weight

Antony Morgan | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Antony Morgan

After waging war on doctors and nurses over their working hours, it seems that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has now turned his attention towards public health services designed to prevent weight-related health problems.

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Literacy Is Prescribed to Help Families Stay Healthy

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

Improving families' literacy through tailored local support can make them healthier and a pioneering partnership approach to health literacy should become a fundamental part of public health strategies, our new research concludes.

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.

Stop Sentencing Us to Fear

Gus Cairns | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

We can achieve it by testing, so as to minimise the number of guys who don't think they have HIV, but do. We can achieve it by maximising viral suppression and getting as many HIV+ guys on treatment as possible. We can achieve it by using PrEP, not just because it works, but also to take the anxiety and rabbit-in-headlights paralysis out of gay dating.

Why Cutting Public Health Will Hurt the NHS

Peter Morton | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Morton

Earlier this month, with the stroke of a pen, the Chancellor reduced the Department for Health's annual budget by some £200 million. These cuts were explained simply as "non NHS savings" - a point which may be technically correct, but neatly articulates the Government's position that where the money comes from is more important that what it actually does.

Male Suicide Is a Tragedy - But Don't Patronise Me About It

Dale Lately | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Dale Lately

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Public Health and the EU

Paul Brannen | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Prevention is better than cure: preventative measures can reduce the much greater cost of medical treatment for chronic conditions that have become established and can help avoid tens of thousands of premature deaths. This is where the European Union plays a vital role.

Avoiding a Potential Public Health Crisis

Ilya Jones | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

The Thai-Cambodian border is a known hotspot for the emergence of drug resistant malaria and recently resistance to the most effective drug for treating malaria, artemisinin, has been discovered in this area.

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.

Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke

Paul Burstow | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Protecting children from harm is an obligation both on parents and families and wider society. Protecting children from passive smoking in cars was up for debate today in Parliament. Liberal Democrats have been at the fore in arguing the case for banning smoking in cars and today Parliament voted to implement the new Smokefree (private vehicles) regulations 2015...

Could (And Should) Ready Meals Be One Of Your Five A Day?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ready meals and pizza containing fruit and vegetables may soon carry the government's "five-a-day" label to encourage people to eat more healthily. ...

HIV Testing Saves Lives: But Is HIV Testing the Best Prevention?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

The awareness-raising we and many others have been doing this week is truly crucial in the fight against HIV: because the stigma that surrounds the infection, and that at least one of our celebrity ambassadors has noticed on social media in this last week, drives a reluctance to test which actively promotes the continued spread of HIV.

Testing, Testing, Testing - Are We Doing Enough to Tackle HIV in the UK?

Allan Anderson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Allan Anderson

If we are serious about tackling HIV we need to prevent, we need to test, we need to treat and we need to care. This requires the input of our communities, political will, co-operation and the resources to make it happen.

Physical Inactivity: A Paradigm Shift

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

As a nation, we are unhealthy. We could take our pick from hundreds of statistics to illustrate this: that one in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, that only 1 in 10 children eats the recommended '5 a day', that a quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese.

Hope in the Time of Ebola?

Unni Krishnan | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Only one-quarter of the $1 billion that U.N. agencies have appealed for to tackle Ebola has been funded. In the context of this fast moving crisis, this exposes the lack of genuine commitment to deal with the situation in West Africa that is threatening to become a global crisis.

Changing Minds

Andy Gibson | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Gibson

For those of us working to popularise mental health though, the focus of World Mental Health Day can be frustratingly negative, dominated by discussions of mental illness and defined more by the differences between us than the things that unite us.